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Pennsylvania parents may use gatekeeping as child custody tactic

Many Pennsylvania residents may have known an overprotective parent in their lifetime. These parents may choose to keep their children from participating in certain activities or from seeing certain people for various reasons. However, this gatekeeping tactic can sometimes be used by divorced parents who have gone through child custody proceedings in hopes of keeping the other parent away.

If a parent gains primary or sole custody of children due to the fact that the other parent was abusive, keeping children away from that parent may be a good idea. Contact between the children and the abusive parent may be limited or nonexistent in order to protect the children from harm. However, some parents who use gatekeeping to keep the other parent away simply because they want to keep the children isolated from that parent could possibly be considered abusive.

Though this tactic may not physically harm the children involved, it could potentially lead to negative emotional effects. A parent may cause children to have a disparaging view of the other parent if they are unable to see that parent or if their custodial parent speaks negatively of the other parent. As a result, children may lack a bond between one or even both parents that could have lasting effects.

Gatekeeping can sometimes be applied to parents who are simply overprotective due to caring about their children. When the situation goes to an extreme, however, and potentially violates child custody agreements, legal action may be necessary. Pennsylvania parents may wish to find out more about parental gatekeeping in order to determine whether their custody arrangements may need to be revisited.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Are Child Custody Laws That Treat Parental Gatekeeping Like Child Abuse Long Overdue?", B. Robert Farzad, Aug. 12, 2014

Source: The Huffington Post, "Are Child Custody Laws That Treat Parental Gatekeeping Like Child Abuse Long Overdue?", B. Robert Farzad, Aug. 12, 2014

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